A COLNE Valley school was today given £1.4m of lottery money to improve its sports facilities.
Colne Valley High has received the cash under the £750m New Opportunities for PE and Sport project, run by the National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund.
It will be used to build a sports hall at the school in Gill Royd Lane, Linthwaite.
The hall will contain four courts, which will be used for a variety of sports, such as judo, gymnastics, table tennis, bowls, hockey and football.
The existing outdoor pitches will also get improvements, including the installation of floodlights.
The facilities will be used not only by the school's own pupils, but by pupils from surrounding primary schools and by the wider community.
Headteacher Linda Wright said the lottery grant supplemented existing cash from the Government and Sport England.
She added: "This has been the goal of the school for the last seven years. We are all thrilled."
Mrs Wright said the school had been champions in many sports contests, including football, rugby, badminton, cricket, climbing and swimming - despite having poor sports facilities.
She added: "This will provide huge opportunities for our youngsters and the community.
"The Colne Valley deserves community sports facilities."
Colne Valley High was just one of five Yorkshire schools which benefited from the Big Lottery Fund's New Opportunities for PE and Sport scheme.
Almost £2m has been split between Colne Valley High, Brooksbank School in Elland, South Craven School in Keighley, Ravenscliffe High School in Halifax and Wold Primary School in Hull.
Brooksbank School - a specialist sports college - is getting £122,000 to upgrade its outdoor games areas.
Headteacher Jeanne Watson said: "I and the governors are delighted with the news that the school has been awarded this grant.
"As one of the two sports colleges in the area, we have been working closely with Calderdale Council and the Big Lottery Fund for some time to gather the cash.
"This grant will allow us to improve the outdoor sports facilities, giving greater opportunity for our students, partner schools and the community."